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This book is aimed at finding answers to questions about what the current situation with soil resources in the region of Central Asia and Southern Caucasus as related to food security, and how we can improve the food supply through the impact on the soil. The book consists of three parts. The first part is devoted to common issues of food security and sustainable development, and to the role of soil resources in their maintenance. The second part is about land resources, the assessment of their degradation and successful practices of their recovery. The third part puts assessment and soil functioning in the context of a systematic approach, which encompasses multiple components of the landscape.

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Recognizing that soils constitute the foundation for agricultural development, essential ecosystem services and food security, 2015 had been declared the International Year of Soils (IYS) with the 5th of December designated as the World Soil Day by the 68th UN General Assembly. The year was characterized by great achievements such as the endorsement of the revised World Soil Charter, the launch of the Status of the World’s Soil Resources report and the inclusion of soil into the Sustainable Development Goals. The momentum generated by the IYS is considered strategic to plan future actions to undertake after 2015. While the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is committed to keep advocating for the promotion of sustainable soil management beyond 2015 through the Global Soil Partnership, consolidating this momentum requires soil scientists and soil institutions to make use of the IYS legacy through a series of actions, programmes and initiatives.


La tercera edición de la WRB incorpora, en el nuevo capítulo 2, elementos que permiten generar nombres taxonómicos mucho más informativos que llevan a deducir con facilidad la génesis y funciones de los suelos. Por otro lado, esta nueva versión de la WRB facilita la elaboración de leyendas de mapas a varias escalas para uso multifinalitario. La publicación de la tercera edición de este libro es una significativa contribución a la comprensión del sistema de Clasificación de Suelos y estamos seguros que será extensamente utilizada en todo el mundo, tanto por su contenido científico, como por la aplicación práctica en el campo de la agronomía.

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